November 5, 2009Man, that sucks. I hope you get it worked out soon.
Forums : Tips & Tricks : Shift linkage (4396 Views)
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November 6, 2009Tattoo forgive my lack of the proper term but the rear splined shaft that goes to the tranny and the lever that connects that shaft to the shift rod.
November 6, 2009Scratch that they did not replace the shaft. Just talked to the service guy. he said they replace the arm and not the shaft all the time. When the tech looked at it I guess he determined the shaft was OK. They suggested a new bolt and again tighten the **** out of it.
November 6, 2009FW - every now and then we get a GREMLIN. Do whatever Tattoo says.
November 6, 2009I guess I`ll get the new bolt. It just doesn`t seem right. When they put the new lever on it was tight, and I checked it a number of times as I didn`t want to spend another $330.Just hard to believe the splines on the lever have rounded off if the shaft was still good. The bill would have been much higher had they pulled the tranny and replaced the shaft. Which I might have to do but I`ll start with the bolt and cross my fingers.
Thanks for the input.
November 6, 2009most times you need the shaft as well.
November 6, 2009Sounds to me like he got the Shaft at the harley place allready. They like to bend you over and slide in a nice big one every chance they get. Everytime i used to take my bike, I always felt like I had been through a
November 6, 2009
I guess I must have been lucky so far as to this problem. Nobody bangs a shift any harder or faster than I do.......given the need to do so. I have never experienced this (slippage) problem that has been described.
On this topic, (on another forum), I was challenged as to the "quickness" of (upshifting) in a "lite to lite" situation versus (downshifting) in the same scenario. To clearify this, I`m talking about those that (exclusively) use only the toe lever versus those (including me), that use the heel lever.
I have been challenged as to the (toe users) being able to "bang" shifts quicker than I can using the downward motion of the heel.........
Bring `em on, it aint gonna happen
November 6, 2009"The Harley place likes to bend you over"
They replaced a shifter arm and all the gaskets and fluids and plus picked the bike up as well. $330 including labor? thats cheaper than I would do it at home. Your dealer might bend you over,that dont mean all of them do. Shouldn`t you be hunting?
November 7, 2009Tattoo, yeah they picked me up had me in and out in good time. Not complaining about that. Not complaining really about anything but my problem. This shouldn`t be an issue why would
harley use a shaft or lever that would fail?. Granted 50,000 some miles but this part should last a lifetime even with hard riding. I`m not a mechanic, I`m a water/wastewater guy so I do know something about how stuff works and this is BS. I will replace the bolt maybe it stretched but i don`t think so, I think as mentioned earlier the shaft is soft and allows this to happen if the bike is ridden. So I`ll try it and then I`ll tear it down in Feb and fix it right after it fails again.Hopefully the new shaft is better than the originall.
November 7, 2009
Freewilly.....Here is a possible method of preventing reoccurrence of your shifter arm problem once you get it fixed. Of course, it depends which (camp) you are in when shifting....(assuming for this discussion, "Tour models with footboards".
Type A) These folks ignore the heel shifter and only use the toe lever.
Type B) These (including me), use the heel lever for upshifting. To minimize the height that I have to raise my boot heel to shift, I pull off the heel lever and move it down as far as I can and still make the shift. In fact, my stomp on the heel lever makes it contact the rubber pad on the footboard and actually make it move down too.
In addition to making those upshifts faster and easier for me, the positioning that I describe, "limits" the movement of the lever overall
Therefore, I think this helps preserve the splines, etc. as my footboard acts as a "backstop" Speed shifting without this limited movement could easily stress or torque the lever beyond what`s necessary to complete the shift.
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